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Agatha Raisin And The Walkers Of Dembley Unbound – Aug 1 2000

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  • Unbound
  • Publisher: Books on Tape, Inc. (Aug. 1 2000)
  • ISBN-10: 0736655379
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736655378
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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From Publishers Weekly

The newest Agatha Raisin adventure is quietly humorous but thin in plot. Finishing up her stint at a London PR firm, which she agreed to in Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener (1994), the acerbic 50-something retiree happily returns to her Cotswolds cottage?and her bachelor neighbor and sleuthing partner, James Lacey. Shortly after Agatha's return, Jessica Tartinck, the confrontational leader of a walking group, is murdered in nearby Dembley. When Sir Charles Fraith becomes the chief suspect (he and Jessica had argued about the walkers' right-of-way through his fields), Agatha is asked by a village friend to investigate. Ever eager, Agatha and her cohort James move to Dembley and, posing as man and wife, infiltrate Jessica's walking group. But, as Beaton's readers have learned to expect, Agatha's jubilation is short-lived, and her pseudo-marriage to James doesn't go at all as she hopes. Wending their way through circuitous misadventure, however, the pair solve the murder and forge a deeper relationship than they'd enjoyed before.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In an attempt to save a reclusive baronet accused of murder, Agatha "infiltrates" a local walkers' club. Fourth in the popular series (Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener, LJ 8/94).
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lawyeraau TOP 500 REVIEWER on Oct. 8 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In this, the fourth book in of the Agatha Raisin cozy British mystery series, the irrepressible Agatha has just returned to her bucolic Cotswold village of Carsely, from her six month stint as a public relations agent in London. Hoping that absence has made the heart grow fonder, she is disappointed to find that her secret heartthrob and neighbor, the very attractive retired colonel, James Lacey, is not pining away for her.

When Jessica Tartinck, who runs a hiking club called the Dembley Walkers that treks across the properties of others without so much as a by your leave, turn up murdered in a local field, Agatha Raisin perks up. Once again she is able to join forces with James Lacey, and together this amateur crime fighting duo will try to solve the murder. Perhaps, it just takes murder to warm the cockles of his heart towards Agatha.

This book is notable for its introduction of the recurring character, Sir Charles Fraith. As always, the book is filled with droll humor and the central characters and their relationships continue to evolve. As with all cozy mysteries, the murder in almost secondary, as it is simply the glue that binds. This is a fun and highly addictive series, entertaining and peppered with a host of quirky characters. Well-plotted, the dialogue is credible, and the pace is brisk. Fans of the cozy mystery genre will love this series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Dec 19 1997
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Agatha is at her most endearing and infurating best. I snap up all the Agatha series books as soon as they come off press because I know I'm in for a wonderful read. Anyone who like to take their murders with a dose of good humor will love Ms. Beaton's Agatha series. (Although this title is listed as part of the Hamish Macbeth series, the Agatha Raisin character has never even met Constable Macbeth. Suggestion to the esteemed author: Send Agatha to Hamish's beloved Lochdubh on vacation, knock off some offensive character and have Hamish and Agatha work together to solve the mystery. Your readers will be in for the ride of their lives!!)
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By Leigh TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Aug. 2 2014
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With a four day weekend ahead of me and decent weather (for a change) all I had to look forward to was sitting out on the patio and making a dent in my ever growing to be read stack. First up a return to Carsely, the ever amusing Agatha Raisin and her fellow citizens. In this adventure, Agatha is finally returning home after six months in London. She is feeling low and depressed and hoping for some excitement, like a murder case to solve, and of course being pushed closer to beloved neighbour James Lacey. The action takes place outside of Carsely in Dembley and revolves around a militant woman named Jessica. Jessica rules and controls the Dembley Ramblers, who walk around the countryside. She has a chip on her shoulder toward the wealthy and is determined to cause trouble wherever she goes. When the rest of the group deems Jessica has finally gone too far, she goes alone to confront a land owner and fails to return. Her body is located in a field and everyone it seems has a reason to want her dead. To Agatha's joy she is asked by one of the walkers to help solve the case. With the approval of her policeman friend Bill Wong, she and James head for Dembley to work undercover. Even better for Agatha they are posing as a married couple. While all of Agatha's dreams of romance and fantasy are soon put to rest, the pair uncover secrets within this varied group of people, everything from IRA involvement to secret love affairs, and during the course of the investigation yet another body turns up and the case becomes more convoluted. Are the two deaths related? Was the second death a murder, or an accident? As Agatha and James get closer to the solution of this crime, some interesting things start to happen in their relationship, and lead the reader to think that perhaps Agatha's wishes and dreams just might come true. Overall very quick, funny and enjoyable read as always and I am looking forward to reading the next installment in this fun series.
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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on June 28 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I found Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley to be a much less successful book than the earlier three books in the series. The mystery can barely qualify as one. Agatha is an unpleasant terror for much of the book (which makes for less than happy reading). The new characters are unsympathetic. The victim is particularly so.

So should you read the book? Yes, you're stuck. The book contains a lot of development in the Agatha Raisin-James Lacey relationship that will leave you high and dry if you skip Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley. Sorry.

During Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet, Agatha agreed to work in PR again in London in exchange for surreptitious help with her ruined garden. As this book opens, Agatha is finishing up her six-month stint in London at Pedmans, the firm that bought out her PR old firm. It's been an unpleasant experience and her final dinner leaves a bad taste for everyone but the client.

In Dembley (part of Gloucestershire), the cause-devoted, militant Jessica Tartinck is organizing the Dembley Walkers (a ramblers society) into another planned confrontation with a landowner who has blocked the public way while armed with a shotgun. Jessica savors the chance to make a splash. The others aren't so enthusiastic. After that meeting, her written challenge to Sir Charles Fraith is returned with an invitation to tea if the ramblers will avoid one of his fields that has been planted. Jessica's friend Deborah Camden is sent to check out the path. Jessica decides to ask permission first and captures the attention of Sir Charles who asks for her telephone number. Thoroughly charmed, Deborah recommends that they go along with Sir Charles and the other ramblers agree . . . except for Jessica who decides to challenge him on her own.
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